THE Instagram spied on your users using the iPhone camera? Brittany Conditi, an American who decided to take legal action against Facebook’s social network, says yes.
This complaint is related to iOS 14. Apple added new on-screen notifications to let users know if an application is using the iPhone’s microphone or camera. If the microphone is used, an orange dot will appear in the upper right corner of the screen, if it is the camera, a green dot will appear. In July, during the beta phase of iOS 14, users realized that the green dot was present while browsing Instagram, even though they were not using the camera. The social network said it was a bug, and that they had already released a fix for that situation.
“Instagram always accesses users’ smartphone cameras while the application is open, and monitors users without their permission, that is, when users are not interacting with the Instagram camera function”, it is only part of what we can read in the complaint.
Instagram is once again accused of spying on users
The complaint also states that Facebook is monitoring users to collect “profitable and valuable data about their users that they otherwise would not have access to” in order to have more and more targeted ads and thus earn more and more money .
At the moment it is not revealed how much they are asking for compensation, but the claimant has already made it known that he wants the court to declare that this Facebook behavior was simply illegal, so that each user would then have the right to ask for whatever he wanted.
At the time this article is being written, the social network had not made any comment on the matter. But this is not the first time that this issue has come up, but this time it has come to justice.
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